I am currently spending my morning trying to calm the butterflies in my stomach and reminding myself that I can do this – that I’ve prepared for it as much as I can.
- I’ve done the training runs.
I know for a fact that my body can go up to 20 miles and still function. At least minimally.
- I’ve got the fuel.
I’ve been carbing up and hydrating all week, and I’m prepared for a delicious pasta dinner tonight.
- I’ve got the tunes.
Thanks to your contributions the other day, I have more than enough music to power me through 26.2. And some that I’ll be playing on repeat.
- I’ve got a support system.
When we signed up for this race, one of the required sections asks, “Will you be met by someone on-site post-race?” And if you answer “yes,” the response fills in with “YES – I will have a support group.” When I registered, I didn’t realize why this was a necessary field. Now, even after just training runs, I completely understand why it’s so important.
It’s so someone can catch you when your knees buckle.
Even though I know what a marathon does to your body, and it’s not good, I am so SO excited to do this. And to end this “psych up” on a truly motivational (cheesy?) note, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite Runner’s World quotes, that will probably be running through my head as I, well, run:
- It should make us proud to know we are part of a running lineage that stretches back from the original Olympic Games in 776 BC to this very moment. ~Michael Sandrock
- I don’t train to beat another runner. We are out there together, competing with the marathon, and I train to run the marathon as fast as I can. ~Juma Ikangaa
And, if all else fails:
- Act like a horse. Be dumb. Just run. ~Jumbo Elliot
Thank you guys for all your support, have a great weekend, and I’ll see you post-26.2!